Guest Author - Linda Heywood
Islam is a progressive religion. Islam means submission to God. Yet many Muslims today insist on living in the past, trying to keep Islam in the fourteenth century when they believe it began. God makes it clear that Abraham was the first to call us ‘Muslims – Submitters’.
Chapter 22, verse 78
You shall strive for the cause of God as you should strive for His cause. He has chosen you and has placed no hardship on you in practicing your religion - the religion of your father Abraham. He is the one who named you ‘Submitters’ originally. Thus, the messenger shall serve as a witness among you, and you shall serve as witnesses among the people. Therefore, you shall observe the contact prayers and give the obligatory charity, and hold fast to God; He is your Lord, the best Lord and the best Supporter.
All religious practises of Islam were already established before Mohamed delivered mankind God’s final scripture, the Quran. Mohamed followed the religion of Submission/Islam which was established by Abraham.
Chapter 16, verse 123
Then we inspired you to follow the religion of Abraham, the monotheist; he never was an idol worshiper.
Today there are no prophets walking the Earth bringing new scriptures from God. The Quran was God’s final word and it was written to guide us all until the Day of Judgement. The Quran is as relevant today as it was to the past generations and it will be just as relevant to the coming generations.
The twenty first century has bought with it more war, terrorism and loss of life. Some wars are fought in the name of religion and other wars are being fought out of revenge. No one is content to live peacefully with his neighbour anymore. Everyone is suspicious of everyone else.
This new century also bought with it people who do not follow the old ideals of past leaders but follow the religion as requested in the Quran. The commandments given to Moses are just as relevant today and must be obeyed by anyone claiming to submit totally to God alone.
There are people converting every day to Islam who do not agree with the old unproductive ideas of what constitutes the religion of Islam. The people are thinking for themselves and living in the moment. They are not letting past rivalries cloud their vision of a productive life and they do not feel the need to be guided by men and women with worldly aspirations.
The ‘Submitters' emerging from the beginning of the twenty first century are devoting their worship to God alone and are not allowing the reactionary behaviour of the few to disrupt their faith or their lives. Islam is a personal choice and for anyone to think they can dictate how we should perform our daily ablutions and worship is a preposterous idea.
We are all free thinking people and we can all make the right choices if we apply ourselves. To be misguided in this day and age, when there are so many research resources available to us, is closed minded. We should have learned to co-operate with each other rather than misleading for personal or financial gains.
The twenty first century could be our last in this universe but if life is to continue to exist on this planet we are going to have to find a way of living together in harmony.
Chapter 2, verses 36
But the devil duped them, and caused their eviction therefrom. We said, “Go down as enemies of one another. On Earth shall be your habitation and provision for a while.”